Award-winning documentary filmmaker Todd Gould (For Gold And Glory: Charlie Wiggins and the African-American Racing Car Circuit) stops by WFIU’s weekday afternoon jazz program Just You And Me to discuss his new 90-minute look at Gennett Records, a label based in Richmond, Indiana in the 1920s and 30s. Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Jelly Roll Morton, and Hoagy Carmichael were among the jazz artists who made their very first recordings at Gennett, and we’ll hear some of their music, as well as several audio clips from Gould’s forthcoming film (debuting on WTIU Sunday, November 25 at 8 p.m. EST), which includes commentary from Wynton Marsalis, Ricky Skaggs, Gary Giddins, and Gennett historian Rick Kennedy. Gould also discusses the history surrounding the Gennett label, the wide variety of music it came to embrace, and why it remains a significant part of America’s cultural legacy.
For more about The Music Makers Of Gennett Records, check out this WTIU website. You can also listen to a 2012 Night Lights program about the early jazz scene in Indiana: Gennett Days: Hot Jazz From The Heartland